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Sun Beats Down


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gadzooks

 Genre: Folk-Rock

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This song is my tribute to my grandfather who I loved dearly and still think of him even though he's been gone from this world for quite some time. He was a polish immigrant and worked his farm for most of his life. He never really learned to speak english very well because his family did most of the speaking for him. He just stayed on the farm and worked the fields and orchards. When I was a boy I grew up in the city of Toronto and every summer or break my folks would drive the hour and a half and drop me off and leave me. I think they just wanted a break from my crazy ways. I would be left with my cheap sears guitar and some paints and brushes and my grandparents. I spent a lot of time alone or riding the fields with my grandfather on the tractor. We really never could communicate that well but there was a deep silent connection. He had the biggest influence on who I became as a person.

I asked my friend Bob Bassett to play his hammered dulcimer and I mimicked the riff with my acoustic. The drum beat during the first few bars is me playing the back of the guitar with my hands. The other percussion is an old drum machine but I like the dated sound. Anyways, thanks for listening. I know I have been posting a lot of tunes but I will give you all a break after this one.
Stan
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Uploaded: Apr 25, 2012 - 07:00:53 PM
Last Updated: Apr 25, 2012 - 08:12:21 PM Last Played: Jan 30, 2017 - 09:07:34 PM
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alackbass said 2001 days ago (April 25th, 2012)
Sun Beats Down
This is brilliant! Such a unique atmosphere and sound. Great songwriting! A standout arrangement! Great mix and production. The dulcimer sounds amazing. Downloaded!
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sammydix said 2001 days ago (April 25th, 2012)
Sun
have to say this has one really good arrangement along with the dulcimer. kinda mood provoking. everything nice n warm.

ps. love the imagery of the painting. lots of surreal motion.
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PeterB7858 said 2001 days ago (April 25th, 2012)
Sun Beats Down
I really like the painting and the song, Stan. A fine tribute to your grandfather with evocative imagery in the lyrics. The dulcimer/guitar riff gives the song a fresh feel and the bass and percussion fills things out very nicely. The feeling that you obviously have for him comes across in both the lyrics and the vocals. Fine post. Don't take too long a break. Regards, Peter.
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Philip18 said 2001 days ago (April 25th, 2012)
Sun Beats Down
I like the sound of the opening riff - sets the tone perfectly (and the slapped guitar back works well, too). The synth fills thing out nicely. What a beautifully warm song this is! Happy-sad lyrics. Your vocal is full of energy. As usual, a great mix. I love it!
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johnwhitehead said 2001 days ago (April 25th, 2012)
Sun
Wow, that dulcimer riff just LEAPS out and grabs you. Love the mix of folk and pop elements here. Great piece of storytelling, too. Really lovely concept & execution. Don't stop posting!

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Saltaireguru77 said 2001 days ago (April 26th, 2012)
Sun beats down
Stan, you post as many tunes as often as you like mate. Especially if they're of the calibre of your last couple. This is outstanding - really enjoyed. We don't hear enough Dulcimer on Macjams (other than maybe Drakonis's stuff). More! More!
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TvRicky said 2001 days ago (April 26th, 2012)
Big Bold Sound..Man
Real and felt story Gad..this brings memories of my Father who was Black and Polish a friend and Father he was and I miss him dearly. So this touches me special.. Wonderful Baby!

A SincerelyZipped, TvRicky
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neilh79 said 2001 days ago (April 26th, 2012)
Sun Beats Down
Love it, great tribute, great song, well done Stan
Narad said 2001 days ago (April 26th, 2012)
Sun Beats Down
A sunshining dedication to your grandfather! Wonderful ! :)
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2001 days ago (April 26th, 2012)
sun beats down
very well put together tune , very well played and performed. enjoyed it. heartfelt lyrics. cool atmosphere generated. cheers graham
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Jarvoid said 2001 days ago (April 26th, 2012)
wow that dulcimer sounds great.....
...oh bugger....noooooooo I mustn't....stop tempting me....I seem to be heading towards more ethnic sounding music just like this these days....this is super....there is a two stage effect to it the instrumental and the vocal,they seem to be at slightly different tempos and that gives it the east european flavour....well I think so anyway........
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Loob said 2001 days ago (April 26th, 2012)
We don't want no break man!
What you kiddin'! Don't stop don't stop (oooooooh). LOL Stan we love yer music man! You know that!

I spent my summers on my grandfather's farm too, down in TN. He was a hillbilly farmer, and had a tractor too. Sometimes it was like he was speaking a foreign language too. Southern drawl and all..

I also learned how to play a guitar by turning it over and baning on the back of it first. LOL Great stuff as always! Granpa would love it!
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Loob said 2001 days ago (April 26th, 2012)
banging...
that is
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J_Gretch said 2001 days ago (April 26th, 2012)
Sun Beats Down
Anyone that has spent time with a loving grandpa can relate to this one.Great tribute Stan,thanks for sharing with us.
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DWL said 2001 days ago (April 26th, 2012)
Great story
and a great song.

Excellent lyrics and a really interesting arrangement.

Classy stuff Stan.

Cheers

Dick
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Garni said 2001 days ago (April 26th, 2012)
Sun Beats Down
Love this piece! Great production in music and lyrics.

G-)
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KCsGROOVE said 2000 days ago (April 26th, 2012)
grandpa
Cool tribute to your grandfather. Really fine song and sound and the artwork is wonderful
Very much enjoyed, Stan!
KC
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abzwork said 2000 days ago (April 26th, 2012)
Sun Beats Down...
Yeah Zooks, I'm feelig you here man...funny, the memories that become so precious later huh?
you've painted a wonderful picture of a special time, place, and person..cherish the moments always...:):):)peace
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Vic Holman said 2000 days ago (April 26th, 2012)
sun beats
that riff caught me right from the beginning. the duc & acoustic together produces a very cool sound. i also like the subtle acoustic fade in pans (kinda hidden but cool ear candy)
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Moviz said 2000 days ago (April 27th, 2012)
You know,
when this kicked off, I was thinking 'Arabic' or 'Eastern' flavour, but it's a Gaelic Scottish/Irish lilt isn't it and what a great lively little reel this is. Your childhood pastimes with Grandparents sounds or reads idyllic and your talents were certainly nurtured musically and painterly and fulfilled, as much as fruits in the field or orchard. Lovely job here Stan.... you're a real talent, regards M
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Moses said 2000 days ago (April 27th, 2012)
sun beats down
some really good stuff going on here, favorite parts - the sort-of interlude with the tapping was particularly nice, and whenever you'd say memory and it led into the lead instrumental melody. anyhoot thanks, enjoyed
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snowdragon said 1999 days ago (April 27th, 2012)
Makes
Me wanna pick up the dulcimer again.
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Mosaica said 1999 days ago (April 27th, 2012)
Nostalgic...
...for you, a lovely & touching story. It sounds like your grandfather worked really hard as a lot of farmers do. I do like the dulcimer on this.
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Bob Rodgers said 1998 days ago (April 29th, 2012)
A
wonderful song Stan with a great story.
Love the dulcimer, another fine mix and production.

Bob
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FEEL said 1997 days ago (April 29th, 2012)
nice
upbeat tune. I'm enjoying the medieval pop vibe. I like the dulcimer and the percussion. The guitar sounds great. The vocals are spot on. What a enjoyable listen.
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bronco said 1997 days ago (April 29th, 2012)
Super!
Love the intro riff and the hammered dulcimer. Nice voice and well written song. Nice work here!
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Bowman said 1997 days ago (April 29th, 2012)
A wonderful song Stan.
And a loving tribute to you grandfather. I think we all hope to inspire a work of art when we're gone from this world. I think somewhere your grandfather has a big smile on his face.
Cheers,
Charlie
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Doug Somers said 1995 days ago (May 1st, 2012)
Grandfather
Stan you never miss a beat either. Orchestration with the dulcimer is inspired as is the use of drum only in the mid section vocal.

Don't take my lack of comments on the last few posts as a reason to slow down your pace of creation. I've been out of town touring (holidays, not playing in stadiums!) and so haven't been around MJ much at all.

Excellent song Stan and kudos on the art as well!
Doug
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tmcfate said 1994 days ago (May 2nd, 2012)
great story
tributes are a special breed and you nailed this one. the way it breaks into verse and harmonies are done very well. rhythmic at 1:05 is a good kick to the melody. nice work. i will listen again.
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dave_b said 1994 days ago (May 3rd, 2012)
Sun Beats Down
Terrific song! Meaningful lyric which is a great homage to your grandfather. The dulcimer and the syncopation give a bright, energetic feel.
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egobandit said 1991 days ago (May 5th, 2012)
the hand drumming
must have been nice to have spent such great times in a beautiful place, w your paint brushes it dont get better then that:) your mixes are always so clear another great one!
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Doadars Uncle said 1991 days ago (May 5th, 2012)
Great Testiment!
You really present a very warm picture, here. Great folk sound!
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PHBB said 1980 days ago (May 16th, 2012)
Full of surprises
Your songs really offer surprises at every turn - or in every verse. Another amazing arrangement and strong lyrics. I wonder why you don't post the lyrics, although your singing is so clear that no one should have any problem following them when listening. The dulcimer adds a very special atmosphere. Thanks for sharing. Per
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